Francisco de Miguel Moreno could well be in charge of the team tomorrow at Swansea if Rafa Benitez cannot make the game because of the after effects of his hernia operation.
Moreno has been with Rafa for 13 years now since he joined him at Liverpool on July 1st, 2004 and he’s been at every club Rafa has managed since then.
He is the fitness coach and takes the training every day and is responsible for the training sessions and regulates the load in the sessions – he has a degree in physical education.
Rafa Benitez with Moreno in the dugout earlier this summer
This is some of what the 44-year-old said yesterday as reported today in the Northern Echo:
“Maybe there is a chance he can make the game. If we know he isn’t coming we will decide then.”
“Our daily work does not change too much. We are preparing things in the same way. He is more focused on the ideas and analyzing situations because we are in touch with him.”
“He is always saying pay attention to this, this and this. So we are continuing his ideas even when he is not here.”
“Obviously, Rafa is the man. Normally, the way he works and the way he does things is important for us.”
“But I think the message is quite clear. So even if it is me or whoever, one of the staff members, the players will listen in the same way.”
“It will be the same.”
“Our analyst is preparing clips of the opponents and sending the clips to him. He has our opinion also and our analysis.”
“So we have been doing exactly the same. He’s watching for their strengths and weaknesses, like he would normally.”
Things have been fairly normal in training this week and Rafa has – as usual – been providing massive input for the game.
It will be excellent if he can actually make the game tomorrow but if he cannot every single player knows he has to give 100% effort and commitment during the game.
We need a win tomorrow at Swansea, there’s no doubt about that.
About two in five fans think we can do that.